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We didn't want to drive directly from Golden to Vancouver because spending a whole day in the car watching cool stuff go by kind of sucks.   Helen did some research and we found a hotel in Kelowna that had space at a somewhat reasonable price (and a pool).  We made Kelowna our half way point. 

Robert Lake

  Killdeer
After dinner, the kids wanted to go to the pool and I decided to do a little birding.  I read some internet reports and Robert Lake appeared to be a good place to drop into in the evening.  Google Maps got me from the endless strip mall sprawl to the hidden lake in minutes.


What my internet search failed to uncover is that Robert Lake was flooded and the part I wanted to visit was entirely under water.  I parked at the edge of the road the best I could and started to look for birds.

Flooded Parking Lot

As far as I can tell, Robert Lake is a duck pond that goes salty as it dries out.  It's the largest pond of several in this part of Kelowna so some days there are lots of waterfowl here, some days it can be less busy.  This evening, there were lots of birds floating by.

Ruddy DuckAmerican Coot With JuvinileTwo Juvinile American Coot

Juvinile Yellow Headed Blackbird
I have seen a few yellow headed blackbirds in Vancouver - the pond at Iona is a reliable place to see them in the summer, but usually only a handful.  Today at Roberts lake there were probably 20 birds - many juvenile.  The seemed to like feeding at the waters surface from the reeds.

Juvinile Yellow Headed Blackbird In Reeds

This area is surrounded by farms which draw their own kinds of birds.  As the sun was setting, I noticed hundreds of starlings had landed on a fence rail for an evening chat.

 
Juvinile European Starlings

Kangaroo Creek Farm

Feeding Emu Chick Williow
We met some friends at the hotel and they suggested we check out Kangaroo Creek Farm - a petting zoo with an Australian view of things.  The kids like petting animals so we thought we would try it out.

Sitting With CapybaraPetting Sleeping Porcupine

 Yes, the animals are exotic to us.  The juvenile emu's were quite funny - they had run of the place and would occasionally stop to grab snacks of willow leaves from people, but for the most part just ran around and away.  The Capybara family was also quite popular, but it mostly liked to stay in the mud and people didn't want to walk in.

The farm was subdivided and the Kangaroo/Wallaby area had large grass fields and animals mostly trying to find shade.
 
Claira With Sugar GliderClaira With ParrotFeeding Popcorn To Kangaroo
 
They had some special animal areas - a house with parots and snakes with a "try them out" queue so the kids could have an animal on them (under close supervision of a keeper).
 
Nara With SnakeClaira With Snake
 
 
Wallabees In Shade
Kelowna was crazy hot out so we didn't last long in the sun.  The kids asked to get back in the car to get the Air Conditioning going again.

The next day we did a bit of shopping (a nice farmers market in West Kelowna) and then drove back to Vancouver.  A great three week road trip!



Juvinile Yellow Headed Blackbird In Reeds
Species: Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (Yellow-headed blackbird)
Altitude: 443m (1453 feet)
Location: Go To...
Two Juvinile American Coot
Species: Fulica americana (American Coot)
Altitude: 443m (1453 feet)
Location: Go To...
Juvinile Yellow Headed Blackbird
Species: Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (Yellow-headed blackbird)
Altitude: 443m (1453 feet)
Location: Go To...
Feeding Popcorn To Kangaroo
American Coot With Juvinile
Species: Fulica americana (American Coot)
Altitude: 443m (1453 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira With Snake
Killdeer
Species: Charadrius vociferus (Killdeer)
Altitude: 443m (1453 feet)
Location: Go To...
Petting Sleeping Porcupine
Ruddy Duck
Species: Oxyura jamaicensis (Ruddy Duck)
Altitude: 443m (1453 feet)
Location: Go To...
Feeding Emu Chick Williow
Claira With Sugar Glider
Nara With Snake
Wallabees In Shade
Juvinile European Starlings
Species: Sturnus vulgaris (european starling)
Tags: invasive
Sitting With Capybara
Claira With Parrot
Flooded Parking Lot
Tags: invasive(1)
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